I don’t think Ron Paul will run 3rd party even though he would get a whole hell of a lot of support if he did.
The Ron Paul people have been following the rules at the state conventions and winning delegates to go to the national convention, while, apparently, the Romney people have been allegedly engaging in cheating and dirty tricks, the latest of which has been in my dreaded state, the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.
But why Ron Paul is trying to get the nomination of a party that has been a socialist-neocon-central planning party for 150 years, I’ll never know.
The convention will be a Romney-coronation police state nightmare, especially for those who are there on behalf of Paul.
As Lew Rockwell advised, it may even be a good idea that the Ron Paul delegates not even attend the convention, for their own safety.
My prediction is that Ron Paul’s delegates will not be treated well there, and there will most certainly be agents provocateurs trying to provoke some kind of disruption that would then be blamed on Ron Paul.
And if the nominating process actually does go to a second ballot in which Ron Paul delegates then give Romney a real challenge, the Ron Paul people will be accused of cheating, as though they didn’t legitimately win their delegate status.
But is all this worth it, especially given how within the national Republican Party many people are still hostile to Ron Paul’s message of freedom, personal responsibility, and peace?
That is why I still believe that Ron Paul should run as a third party candidate.
Unfortunately, those delusional anti-Obama conservatives – the ones who keep saying how important it is that we oust Obama, and that we all must get behind Romney – do not understand that they want to get behind a socialist, mealy-mouthed politician who is really no different from Obama, except for the rhetoric, which means nothing in the real world.
And then there are those people who think that a Ron Paul third-party run would harm Rand Paul’s chances in 2016, if he were to run for President at that time. “Yech,” is what I have to say to that. And the reason for that is that electing any one of the current statists who support the status quo now will just be a further kicking the can down the road which will definitely lead to the economic collapse, civil unrest, martial law and chaos that trend forecasters such as Gerald Celente have been predicting for a while.
What really got me was this interview that was going viral, in which Rand Paul defended Romney’s record at Bain Capital, but was erroneously being labeled as an “endorsement” of Romney. Most of the comments on that post show that many people in the liberty movement are still supportive of Ron Paul, would never vote for Willard Romney under any circumstances, and believe that a Rand Paul endorsement of Willard (or worse, a Rand Paul VP nomination with Willard) would be a total sell-out.
The truth is, the real Romney is not a “capitalist.” He is a socialist. And it is that Romney-Obama socialism and central planning that have been destroying America for a century.
But in their irrational cognitive dissonance and fear and panic of an Obama reelection, the “conservatives" say we must in solidarity all get behind the socialist Romney in November. But who is it exactly that the hysterical ones are supporting?
Delusional Republicans and conservatives nationwide who are all getting behind Romney in November means this: They would be getting behind
- a "global warming" true believer who will consider carbon taxes and whose energy and environmental advisors are also true believers and energy-corporatists,
- someone who supported the socialist Wall Street bailout and is in fact bought and paid for by Wall Street banksters,
- a governor who raised taxes on businesses,
- someone who supports the Federal Reserve and who would reappoint clueless Ben Bernanke as Chairman,
- someone who believes that government should mandate health insurance,
- a nanny-state drug warrior, including the war on medical marijuana,
- someone who said he would have signed the NDAA bill that Obama signed just months ago that should make Tea Partiers even more fearful of the tyrannical central planners in D.C.,
- and someone who supports strong governmental controls on civilian gun ownership (Given Romney’s support of NDAA and his being a strong chickenhawk militarist, I’m sure that a President Romney would make good use of the 450 million rounds of ammunition that DHS has ordered.)
Now, is Rand Paul really sure that he wants to get behind that kind of candidate in the 2012 presidential election?
Ron Paul is none of those things.
But, most of all – and this is where Rand Paul is wrong in that aforementioned interview – Willard Romney is no “capitalist.” No real capitalist would impose insurance mandates on people by the force of law.
No real capitalist would implement a health insurance bureaucracy called the “Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority.” Or even consider “carbon taxes,” and so on and so on.
Dr. Paul is the true capitalist in his support of truly free markets, private property, and the sanctity of voluntary contracts under the rule of law.
Personally, I think the only reason Ron Paul has jump on the GOP ticket for the last two elections is because it’s the broad reach of the platform. Third parties not only have to live in the shadows, they have to do so beyond the tall walls of the two-party system. Look at Gary Johnson. He’ll probably get the 3rd most votes in November (if Dr. Paul doesn’t run) yet I bet 75% of Americans have never heard his name.
Ron Paul doesn’t care for the GOP much, at least not in my opinion, but he sees an opportunity to use the GOP to have direct access to about 50% of the nation’s voters and have his message heard by many more. That’s the kind of reach he’d never get running Libertarian. He’d have to stick to whispers and nudges.
I’m not even sure Ron Paul ever wanted to win the office of POTUS as a Republican. I wouldn’t be surprised if he won the nomination and then the election and got into office and his first act as President was to change his party affiliation. In fact, I’d almost bet on it. It would be a brilliant move. Infiltrate the party, build up a cult-like following, watch the numbers swell, win over the largest number of people possible in the time span and then make them all deflect, gutting the Neo-Con controlled GOP and instantly forming a new party that would, at least for the immediate future, be free of Karl Rove’s influence.
At this point I’m not sure what I’m more in favor of; a Ron Paul nomination or the complete dismantling of the GOP party. For one thing, I know that a Ron Paul nomination might not guarantee a Presidential nomination. I also think that if the people see some hope in the GOP, they’ll more than likely stick around instead of seize control. They’d still be subject to the same lies, tricks and scams.
I think the greatest hope in saving the country and the Constitution lies in one of two outcomes; Ron Paul becomes POTUS and changes parties, taking all of his supporters with him or the complete gutting and dismantling of the GOP from within brought on by loss of confidence in the party and no common ground to stand on between leadership and members.
Here’s where the Third Party part comes into play. I look back at what Lincoln did when he was elected, he deflected, split the votes as a Third Party candidate and drew a new course in history without ever carrying the majority of the vote. Sat what you will about what kind of President Lincoln was but you can’t doubt how well his plan worked to get him into the White House.
No matter what Ron Paul does if he doesn’t win the GOP nomination, I will write in Ron Paul. Not because of principle or pride or even spite, but because it’s the one way we, the people, can help relinquish the Neo-Con’s control of the GOP. Even if Ron Paul no longer wants to run for President. Even if he endorses Johnson or Romney or even Obama, I don’t care. He started a movement that turned into a revolution. With or without Ron Paul, If we stop the revolution before it’s complete, we’ll all end up falling on our heads.
Keep the reLOVEution alive, write in Ron Paul.